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Who Needs a Bucket List?!

According to a prevailing theme in our society, I'm supposed to have a bucket list - things I want to do before I die. You know, jump out of a plane, stand on the front of a ship and yell "I'm King...
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The View From Writers Roost
Age, walking cane ended the fun days of dancing  Age carries lots of burdens with it. Among them is “blame” for ending fun things you did as a young person. So, I have no compunction about hanging ...
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The Art of Complaining
    I have a complaint. I actually have a lot of complaints. I just usually keep them to myself. I wish I expressed my complaints out loud but it seems like people are not so receptive? I just don’...
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Analysis: A Texas Judge Takes Voter ID to Court
Analysis: A Texas Judge Takes Voter ID to Court by Ross Ramsey , The Texas Tribune May 2, 2016 * Correction appended Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's c...
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Remembering Daniel Berrigan, with Gratitude
  Daniel Berrigan has died, and so we have lost our great teacher who, flinty and generous and relentlessly persistent, taught us how to live in a culture of death and madness:   “Find some people ...
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Escalating U.S. Air Strikes Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul, Iraq
  USA Today   revealed on April 19th  that U.S. air forces have been operating under looser rules of engagement in Iraq and Syria since last fall.  The war commander, Lt Gen McFarland, now orders a...
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Common Sense: Independence (1776)
by JAMES STILL
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  After reading Thomas Paine’s  Common Sense , many citizens shared the pamphlet with friends.  George Washington described the general reaction to  Common Sense :  “ My countrymen I know, from the...
Video: A Conversation about the State Budget
by EVAN SMITH, The Texas Tribune
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  Video: A Conversation about the State Budget by  Evan Smith April 30, 2016 3 Comments At our 4/29 symposium on the Texas economy, Ross Ramsey talked about the state budget and spending with state...
Trump’s speech explains his appeal to so many Americans…
by MARK VOGL
Apr 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Donald Trump said alot…his speech on foreign policy is worth a read. Here in this article I will pull those quotes I feel have most bang for the buck with the American people. Donald Trump’s speech...
The GOP has split into Trump and Ryan wings
by JON WARD, Yahoo! News Senior Political Correspondent
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The day after Donald Trump swept five primaries this week and tightened his grip on the Republican nomination for president, both he and the other most prominent Republican politician in the countr...
30th Anniversary of the Death of Gilmer’s “Everlastingly Beautiful”, Jack F. “Spot” Baird
by JEFF BAIRD
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    JEFF BAIRD · TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 The “Everlastingly Beautiful” part of the title of this file is what appeared on a large photo of my Dad that was the first thing you saw when walking into ...
The American Energy Model Works; Don't Break It
by ANDREW LANGER
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The Obama administration recently reversed course on a plan to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The move is the latest attack in the White House's war on fossil fuels in the name of safegu...
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"Now it's just not the white cowboy, the white soldier, but it's all of us together. It's white, black, Asian, Indians," director Antoine Fuqua saidFrom the chiseled, insouciant Robert Mitchum and the rugged, laconic Clint Eastwood to John Wayne, the most celebrated cowboy of all, Hollywood's Western icons are invariably strong, brooding -- and white. The roles they play, too -- legendary frontiersmen like Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp -- are typically ranchers, lawmen or outlaws battling for money or land on behalf of White America. It is little surprise then that the racial makeup of America's real Wild West -- a melting pot of Europeans, Chinese, Mexicans, Native American and blacks -- remains one of the country's best-kept secrets.


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China's economy, the world's second biggest and a crucial driver of global growth, is tipped to expand 6.5% in 2016China and Japan's economies are expected to slow sharply over the next two years but Asian growth will remain strong as domestic demand takes up the slack from weak global trade, the IMF said Tuesday. Government stimulus measures, lower commodity prices and low unemployment will help drive regional expansion, the International Monetary Fund said, and called on leaders to push on with reforms. Since its previous outlook on the region in October, global markets have seen wild volatility, with worries over China's economy and plunging oil prices hammering shares in January and February, wiping trillions off valuations.


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